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Cairns childcare worker and manager accused of killing boy on minibus

Childcare worker, 34, and driver, 45, are accused of manslaughter by the death of a little boy, 3 years old, “who was left in a childcare minibus for SIX HOURS” at 36 ° C before his body was found

  • Two childcare workers stood in court last week due to the death of a boy in Cairns
  • Dionne Batrice Grills, 34, had worked at the day care center for less than a month
  • Center manager Michael Glenn Lewis, 45, was also accused of tragedy
  • The police claim that a three-year-old boy was left on the bus for up to six hours in a heat of 36 ° C
  • Body was found in minibus parked outside of Hambledon State School, Cairns

A childcare worker accused of the death of a little boy who had allegedly left almost six hours in a scorching hot minibus had worked in the center for less than a month.

Dionne Batrice Grills, 34, was charged Tuesday at Cairns Magistrates Court with manslaughter for the tragic death of the three-year-old boy on February 18.

The child’s body was found in the vehicle parked two kilometers away from the Edmonton Goodstart Early Learning Center daycare center around 3.15 pm.

Allegedly he was on board since 9:30 am, with temperatures in Cairns reaching 36 ° C that day.

Mrs. Grills – a daycare worker – and Michael Glenn Lewis – the center manager and minibus driver – were both accused of manslaughter for the child’s death and ordered to go to court on Tuesday.

Dionne Batrice Grills (photo), 34, was the head of the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday for indictment for the tragic death of the toddler on February 18

Dionne Batrice Grills (photo), 34, was the head of the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday for indictment for the tragic death of the toddler on February 18

The grim discovery was made on Tuesday at 3:15 pm in Stokes Street, Edmonton, in Far North Queensland. Pictured: the scene where the police are investigating

The grim discovery was made on Tuesday at 3:15 pm in Stokes Street, Edmonton, in Far North Queensland. Pictured: the scene where the police are investigating

The grim discovery was made on Tuesday at 3:15 pm in Stokes Street, Edmonton, in Far North Queensland. Pictured: the scene where the police are investigating

The police claim that Mrs. Grills was on the bus with Mr Lewis in the morning, before the center manager made the grim discovery when he returned later that afternoon.

The court heard that Mrs. Grills had worked in the daycare for less than a month when the incident occurred.

Grills was given a strict conditional bail and she is not allowed to contact her former colleagues, her co-suspect or the family of the deceased child, except through her lawyers.

She was ordered to return to court on March 18

The shattered family of the young boy was in court for the short session.

The Inspector Inspector Jason Smith of Queensland said he hoped to give them some ‘answers’.

“Her position as a Goodstart Early Learning employee imposes her sense of responsibility, and that is part of the court circumstances,” said Det Act Insp Smith.

“The family is suitably sad and upset, and hopefully with the case in court, they get the answers they need.”

The boy was found on a bus outside the Hambledon State School, just 1.7 km from his daycare center, Goodstart Early Learning, in Edmonton (photo)

The boy was found on a bus outside the Hambledon State School, just 1.7 km from his daycare center, Goodstart Early Learning, in Edmonton (photo)

The boy was found in a bus outside the Hambledon State School, just 1.7 km from his daycare center, Goodstart Early Learning, in Edmonton (photo)

Investigators investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child

Investigators investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child

Investigators investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child

A Goodstart Early Learning spokesperson who operated the bus told Daily Mail Australia that the company was “destroyed” to hear of the child’s death.

“We are working to support the entire center team, our families, and our children,” the spokesperson said.

‘The case is now a police investigation and we are working together with the police, the Ministry of Education (education and care for children) and health and safety in the workplace.

“Our thoughts are very much with the child’s family right now.”

The center was closed the day after the tragedy, with an ominous sign in the parking garage with the text “Do not leave babies and children in parked cars.”

What happens to children who stay behind in hot cars?

Children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults

The younger the child, the more vulnerable they are

On a day of 29 ° C, the temperature in a car can reach 44 ° C in just ten minutes

This can cause ‘serious injury’ and brain damage

After 20 minutes the temperature reaches a fatal 60.2 ° C, which could kill

Turning down the windows or parking in the shade will do little, since it does not affect the car’s core temperature

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